Bee Roots for 2022-07-30

The table provides clues for the roots of words in today's NY Times Spelling Bee. You're responsible for prefixes, suffixes, tense changes, plurals, doubling consonants before suffixes, and alternate spellings of roots. An exception: since Sam won't allow S, when the root contains an S, the clue may be for a plural or suffixed form. "Mice" for example. If a clue isn't self-explanatory, try googling it. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: A/KLMNOW
  • Words: 36
  • Points: 119
  • Pangrams: 1

Table content

  • with first two letters of answer and length
root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
11AL5Permit, verb
21AM4A supply of bullets, slang abbreviation
31AM4Frenzied, adj. (Spock’s “… Time,” run …)
41AN4Uptight, or butt-related; adj.
61AN4Soon, poetically
51AN5Yearly record book
81KO4Zen Buddhist paradoxical riddle or story for meditation, anagram of Hawaiian district or coffee grown there
91KO4Small African tree with nuts that flavor Pepsi
71KO5Tree climbing marsupial “bear”
101LA4Tibetan Buddhist monk (Dalai …)
111LA4Of hair, long, limp, & straight; of a person (with –Y suffix), tall & thin
131LA4Area of short, mown grass in a yard, garden, or park
121LA6Sheriff, especially in the Old West, compound
141LL5S Am camel
151LL5South American grassy plain
161LO4Fertile, sandy soil
171LO4Borrowed $, noun/verb
181MA4Large & fast blue shark, or Japanese actor
191MA4Shopping center with many stores under one roof
211MA4♀ parent, slang
211MA5♀ parent, slang
241MA5Exodus food from the sky
201MA6“Cheese plant,” or “marsh…” candy in S‘mores
221MA6Vertebrate class that has hair, milk, & live birth
231MA6Wealth that’s an evil influence, per the New Testament & Milton
251MO4Sound of pain or sexual pleasure (Harry Potter’s ghost “…-ing Myrtle”)
211MO5♀ parent, slang
261MO5$, slang (from Fiji)
271MO8Take a stroll on an orb that orbits the Earth, or Michael Jackson lunar dance, compound
281NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
291NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
301WA4Travel on foot, verb/noun (… don't run)
311WA4Barrier between rooms, or Pink Floyd album ("The …")
331WA5“Would like to do,” slang contraction
321WA6Roll around in mud, or indulge "in" emotion (misery, self-pity)
341WO5♀ (Julia Roberts “Pretty…”)

About this site

This site provides clues for a day's New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle. It exists to make it easier for Kevin Davis to take a day off. Most of the clues come from him. There may be some startup problems, but long term I think I can put the clues together with no more than half an hour's work.

The "Bee Roots" approach is to provide explicit clues for root words, not every word. This is similar to what Kevin Davis does, but without information about parts of speech As logophiles, we are pretty good at putting on prefixes and suffixes, changing tense, and forming plurals (including Latin plurals!). The clues cover root words, arranged alphabetically by root word, with a count of words in the puzzle that come from each root. For example, if a puzzle includes ROAM and ROAMING, there will be a clue for ROAM and a count of 2. The root may not appear in the puzzle at all; for example, the 2021-07-23 Bee included ICED, DEICE, and DEICED. For such a puzzle, the clue would be for ICE with a word count of 3.

The Bee Roots approach involves judgement sometimes. For example, if a puzzle includes LOVE, LOVED, and LOVELY, how many roots are needed to cover them? LOVE and LOVED share the root LOVE, certainly, but LOVELY is tricky. LOVE is part of its etymology, but by now, the word means "exquisitely beautiful," which is a lot farther from the meaning of LOVE than swithcing to past tense. I'm inclined to treat LOVE and LOVELY as separate roots. You may not agree, which is fine. Another thing we logophiles share is a LOVE of arguing about words on Twitter.

One last complication, until another one pops up: a few roots have multiple spellings, for example LOLLYGAG and LALLYGAG. Depending on the day's letters, and maybe even the editor's whims, one or both could be in the puzzle's answer list. With such roots, you could see a word count of 2, even if there are no applicable prefixes or suffixes.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout

Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.